The NBA announced Friday that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Western Conference Player of the Month. Curry becomes just the third player in Warriors history to win Player of the Month Honors, and the first since Chris Mullin in 1990.
Really, what a month it was for Curry. He averaged 25.4 points, 8.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game, all while leading the Warriors to their first playoff berth since 2006-07. Not to mention that he shot a robust 44.4 percent from 3-point range, making 36-of-81 3-pointers in April to surpass Ray Allen for the single season 3-point record. He hit a grand total of 272 3-pointers.
Perhaps Curry, who didn’t make the All-Star team, is finally being rewarded. After all, he point up 54 points in New York and 47 points in Los Angeles against the Lakers. Those are two of the biggest stages and basketball, and Curry treated them like his own personal playground.
The playoffs will give Curry yet another national stage to further prove his case as one of the NBA’s elite point guards. The league knows he can shoot. That was a known fact long before he started to get mentioned among the league’s best overall point guards. Though since his shooting is such a threat, Curry is able to create for his teammates because multiple defenders chase him around the court.
It’s not too premature to consider Curry to be in Chris Paul’s class. They’re different breeds of players, yes. Paul is much more adept at creating shots for his teammates with penetration. His jump shot is good, but that’s not what he lives on, like Curry does. While Curry can occasionally penetrate into the lane, his various ankle problems have hampered him from going at full speed.
Even if the Warriors can’t escape a first round meeting with the Denver Nuggets, Curry’s brand is becoming bigger and bigger. This Player of the Month honor could just be a sign of things to come.